Calhoun, Lubin suspended

Per UConn:

UConn players Omar Calhoun, Rakim Lubin, Dan Guest, and Marcel Lewis have been suspended for tonight’s game against West Virginia due to a violation of team rules. Their status will be reevaluated following the game and the Huskies’ return home. The university, including coaches and players, will have no further comment on the matter.

John F. Silver

What possible trouble could a couple of college students get into in Puerto Rico? Still, there are rules on the trip and the fact that a couple of walk-ons were involved is concerning. Calhoun may have not played Sunday night against West Virginia because of an MCL sprain, but as the junior of the group it isn’t a good sign. Lubin? He is the beef for the Huskies and has played sparingly. Walk-ons Guest and Lewis are lucky to be on the trip. Lubin’s loss is the only one that may hurt Sunday, though he figured to just see bit minutes.  

Gameday Preview: No. 17 UConn vs. West Virginia, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

No. 17 UConn will play West Virginia on Sunday in the Championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Game time is about 6:30 p.m. on ESPN2.

John F. Silver

The Huskies will play West Virginia in the championship in what should be another excellent test for the Huskies. The Mountaineers are 4-0 and are led by forward Devin Williams who is averaging 15.3 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. The Huskies have to continue their defensive dominance in the second half against Dayton after allowing way too many easy buckets early on. UConn is still trying to figure out what it is offensively, bu Ryan Boatright is averaging 21 points per game in three games and that’s a good place to start. Amida Brimah’s 10.7 points and 11 blocked shots in three games is also a force. this is UConn’s final game before a week off and a home date with Texas next Sunday.

UConn (3-0)

No. Player GP GS MPH PPG FG% RPG APG SPG
#11 Ryan Boatright 3 3 36.7 21.0 46.3 6.3 4.7 2.3 0.3
#5 Daniel Hamilton 3 3 33.3 12.7 51.9 5.7 1.7 1.0 0.3
#35 Amida Brimah 3 3 25.0 10.7 65.0 4.0 0.3 0.3 3.7
#12 Kentan Facey 3 3 25.0 4.3 38.5 6.7 0.3 0.3 0.7
#3 Terrence Samuel 3 0 23.3 3.3 26.7 1.7 1.0 0.3 0.0
#10 Sam Cassell Jr. 3 1 23.3 6.7 33.3 2.7 1.7 1.0 0.0
#44 Rodney Purvis 2 2 30.5 14.0 45.5 1.5 2.0 0.5 0.0
#1 Phillip Nolan 3 0 8.0 0.7 50.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
#14 Rakem Lubin 3 0 5.0 0.0 0.0 1.3 0.0 0.0 0.0

 

West Virginia (4-0)

 No. Player GP GS MPG PPG FG% RPG APG SPG BPG
#3 Juwan Staten 4 4 27.2 14.5 46.5 2.0 4.5 1.2 0.0
#1 Jonathan Holton 4 4 25.2 11.0 48.8 8.5 1.0 1.5 1.2
#5 Devin Williams 4 4 24.5 15.2 39.5 9.8 0.5 0.8 0.5
#2 Jevon Carter 4 0 21.0 7.5 34.5 1.0 2.0 2.0 0.0
#4 Daxter Miles Jr. 4 4 20.5 5.8 28.6 3.5 1.0 0.8 0.2
#11 Nathan Adrian 4 0 19.0 2.2 12.5 3.8 1.5 0.8 1.0
#14 Gary Browne 4 0 18.8 4.0 21.1 0.5 2.0 2.0 0.0
#0 Jaysean Paige 4 4 13.0 6.0 39.1 2.5 0.5 1.0 0.0
#12 Tarik Phillip 4 0 12.2 2.5 40.0 2.0 0.5 1.2 0.0
#45 Elijah Macon 3 0 14.7 5.3 35.3 3.3 1.0 0.3 0.0
#10 Chase Connor 3 0 7.0 3.7 50.0 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.0
#30 Richard Romeo 2 0 2.0 1.5 50.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0
#13 James Long 2 0 2.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
#23 Tyrone Hughes 2 0 1.0 1.5 100.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

 

UConn Field Hockey wins national title

John F. Silver

UConn won its second consecutive national title with a 1-0 win over Syracuse in College Park, Maryland on Saturday.

The lone score came in the first half, a goal by McKenzie Townsend on an assist from Anna Middendorf proved to be the difference.

Long-time coach Nancy Stevens has second national title in more than two decades at UConn (21-3). She took over the program in 1990.  UConn has four national titles, 1981, 1985, and then 2013 and now 2014.

UConn men: Brimah asserts control

John F. Silver

Where is the defense?

That was a good question for UConn at the half against Dayton. Over the course of the previous 40 minutes UConn didn’t play much defense.

Dayton had 41 points at the half Friday against UConn.

That’s not supposed to happen, not when Ryan Boatright is there to pressure the ball and Amida Brimah is supposed to be one of the great shotblockers in the nation.

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Recap: UConn 75, Dayton 64

Result: UConn pulled away from Dayton going on a key 19-4 run late run to advance to the championship game of the Puerto Rico-Tip Off on Sunday with a 75-64 win.

Need to Know: The Huskies’ defense showed up in the second half holding Dayton to 23 points on 9 of 29 shooting, highlighted by a 3-block, one possession showcase from Amida Brimah. That defensive effort set up a lot of offense and the Huskies had 20 points from Ryan Boatright to go with five rebounds and four assists. Rodney Purvis broke out in his second game with 19 points and Daniel Hamilton had 14. The second half defense was the key as Brimah finished with five blocks. UConn is now 3-0. Dayton falls to 1-2.

Links: Box score

Next up: The Huskies will take on West Virginia or Boston College in the championship game on Sunday.

 

 

UConn men Gameday: Huskies take on Dayton, 2:30 p.m.

UConn takes on Dayton in the semifinals of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off on Thursday afternoon at 2:30 at p.m. on ESPN2.

The Huskies will then have a day off before playing in either the championship or the third place game on Sunday.

John F. Silver

Coming off a lackluster win, but still a win, over Charleston, the Huskies will play Dayton today in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The Huskies were sloppy in a win over COC on Thursday with 11 second half turnovers, and poor first-half shooting. There are a lot of things to like about the Huskies — Ryan Boatright’s play over the first two games and Daniel Hamilton — and also some concerning things. The much-vaunted bench had only six points against COC. Sam Cassell Jr., Phil Nolan and Terrence Samuel are better than that. Rodney Purvis also struggled and has looked tentative in two exhibitions games and a 9  points, 2 of 7 performance on Thursday. Purvis is a slashing explosive scorer, not a spot-up shooter, so the game was uncharacteristic of what he can do.

The play of Hamilton, on the other hand, is an eye-opener. Hamilton is long, athletic and has a body and a game that is designed to be a major scorer. What makes his game impressive to me is his energy level added to his other skills. Hamilton plays with a motor. He reminds me of Rudy Gay, but with a much higher activity level.  Gay was a terrific talent, but he didn’t have assertiveness and a high energy level until maybe his second or third year in the NBA. Hamilton is active. When you add that to his long arms, passing ability, shooting ability and also his efficiency you get a great prospect.  Hamilton had the reputation as a gunner coming in and perhaps a bit selfish. I don’t know where it came from, but that kind of bubbles up through the internet. That analysis can’t be more wrong. Hamilton looks to be an efficient player who can play without the ball and impact games defensively and on the boards. Much more advanced than I expected. much more versatile than I expected. I like when he played the 4 in the small lineup. Huskies should go as small as possible as long as it can clean-up the defensive glass and defend.

UConn (2-0)

Player GP GS MPG PPG FG% RPG APG SPG BPG
#11 Ryan Boatright 2 2 37.0 21.5 44.8 7.0 5.0 2.0 0.5
#5 Daniel Hamilton 2 2 32.5 12.0 50.0 6.0 2.0 0.5 0.0
#3 Terrence Samuel 2 0 26.5 5.0 40.0 2.0 1.5 0.0 0.0
#35 Amida Brimah 2 2 26.0 13.0 68.8 4.5 0.5 0.0 3.0
#12 Kentan Facey 2 2 24.0 3.5 33.3 7.5 0.5 0.0 0.0
#10 Sam Cassell Jr. 2 1 23.5 6.0 36.4 2.5 2.0 1.0 0.0
#44 Rodney Purvis 1 1 31.0 9.0 28.6 1.0 2.0 1.0 0.0
#1 Phillip Nolan 2 0 10.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
#14 Rakem Lubin 2 0 5.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Dayton (2-0)

Player GP GS MPG PPG FG% RPG APG SPG BPG
#11 Scoochie Smith 2 2 32.0 6.0 26.7 5.0 6.5 3.0 0.5
#21 Dyshawn Pierre 2 2 28.5 15.0 71.4 6.0 1.0 0.5 0.0
#3 Kyle Davis 2 2 28.5 11.5 47.1 2.5 3.0 3.0 0.0
#40 Devon Scott 2 2 28.5 8.0 66.7 8.0 1.0 0.5 2.0
#24 Jordan Sibert 2 2 25.0 9.0 23.8 3.5 0.5 0.0 0.5
#1 Darrell Davis 2 0 22.5 10.0 35.7 0.0 1.0 0.5 0.0
#12 Jalen Robinson 2 0 20.5 3.5 30.0 3.5 0.5 1.5 0.0
#25 Kendall Pollard 1 0 16.0 5.0 50.0 1.0 0.0 1.0 1.0
#22 Bobby Wehrli 1 0 11.0 0.0 0.0 2.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
#51 William Dupuy 1 0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
#44 Joey Gruden 1 0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

 

UConn men tip-off: Purvis gets his chance

John F. Silver

UConn will play in the Puerto Rico tip-off a little after 12:30 today against College of Charleston.

The Huskies are coming off a win over Bryant, but have been idle for six days as they made a trip to the island.

Today’s game will feature the debut of Rodney Purvis, a transfer from NC State who had to sit out the opener after appearing in too many summer leagues this past summer.

Purvis is a 6-foot-4, 205-pound athlete and averaged 8.3 points per game at NC State as a freshman with 23 starts.

Purvis is a terrific athletic specimen and will provide scoring and explosiveness off the dribble to the Huskies’ offense.

Purvis will get the start today per my colleague Neill Ostrout, who is in Puerto Rico holding things down.

The Huskies will play either Dayton or Texas A&M tomorrow.